260,000 Year Old Skull in China May Rewrite Out of Africa Theory

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A 260,000-year-old skull from China could rewrite the history of human evolution. A new analysis has found the skull is remarkably similar to the earliest known fossil of our species, found 6,200 miles (10,000 km) away in Morocco in June. This suggests modern humans aren’t solely descended from Africans as scientists previously thought. Instead, small groups of early human ancestors first migrated to Eurasia sometime before 200,000 years ago, where they evolved modern traits in east Asia. read more…